Another away day this time at South Bretton where Yellows did not need the scorching sun to make them shine as again, they confidently took the game by the scruff of the neck from the off giving their shocked opponents a battering in a first half dominated by their strong attacking flair and a fabulous hat trick from the ever improving Mathew Jones whose work rate and focus well merited his success. His first saw him cut in from the left into the box to hit home for an early lead after 10 minutes of overwhelming play with Yellows’ previous victors stunned as Yellows maintaining their relentless pressure. Jones hit number two after 20 minutes to keep his side in control and hopefully heading for another fine win. Keeper Oscar Townsin’s kick and throws out put his side on the attack and, although a good shot stopper, that aspect of his game has been his biggest improvement this season. Sam Harris and Jacob Hewitt kept it tight at the back as they always do being solid and dependable without any frills and big Luke McKevitt was again immense in central defence with his control and confidence improving every game. Byron Taylor did what he’s good at, running at defenders to cause panic in their ranks with Olly Grice and Harry Wallace competing for anything that moved inspiring the whole squad with their work rate taking Yellows forward with incisive attacking play while often helping out in defence. Ally Jordan is the pass master and always attempts to bring others into the game with good vision and precision passes while Ben Doyle again displayed his undoubted skills contributing well as ever in the midfield with his ability to hold up the ball before passing and beating opponents with deft footwork. Dylan Carrick ran with gusto from back to front to irritate and scare his opponents and has been outstanding at left back with his ability to go forward at speed and has been a revelation in the latter part of this season since playing at left back. Five minutes before half time Jones completed a superb and well deserved hat trick to take the game even further away from shell shocked Napoli but, although temporarily stunned, they fought back to reduce the arrears to 1-3 before the end of the first half to serve a warning that this game was not over yet.
The second half saw both teams competing with aggression and, Napoli struck a blow when they reduced the arrears even further for a 2-3 score line. Ally Jordan kept the inter passing neat and incisive combining well with Wallace, Grice, Taylor and Doyle and this paid off when the indomitable Grice hit number four from just inside the box with Stamford going all out for another win. Taylor made more aggressive middle runs and also tackled bravely to win balls to keep the pressure on Napoli but the heat took its toll as two late goals from Napoli pulled them level with their tails now up. Yellows doggedly hung on for an excellent away point although disappointed to lose two so late on. Napoli and other good were beating Yellows last term and their new found confidence, evident in their recent matches and much improved team play, shows how they have developed to become even more competitive and now expect to win any game they are involved in. A disappointing end result but an excellent away performance with Yellows unlucky not to take all three points after a dominant first half.